Short and Sweet. The Clubs PA is available for Hire. Special Conditions apply. Contact Bert Parrant 027 3548155. Club members can now get a 10% reduction on musical equipment and services from the businesses listed in our slideshow. Watch this space. Possible upgrade by the Rockshop. The Organic Jazz band played a great concert at Jazz After Work in July. Congratulations must go to Dave Pitt the head of music at Papanui high school. His Combo and Big band won the top award at the school music awards held in Bleheim this August. The pupils turn over every 3 to 4 year so its great to celebrate their achievement. The Southern Jazzmen have gained another residency at the RSA Club in Armagh Street and play from 6-9 pm every Saturday night. The Clubs AGM was held at the Cashmere Club on August 4th and 23 people attended. Our auditor said this years books were near perfect so credit must go to Roger Hanson for all his hard work and diligence. The Amy Winehouse tribute concert featuring Celine Graham was another success for our Keeping Music Live series. Good crowd and response. Chisnallwood School Band under the direction of Judith Bell recently played a concert for the Musicians club KML series and showed us music is in good hands. This band is off to China to perform so we wish them well. This will be a huge adventure for 12 year olds and I'm sure will result in many future musicians going through Ara's music arts programe. Burnside School Band won the top award this year under the direction of Chris Petch. Now hear this! This is not fake news. Local Boy Marlon Williams has got himself a gig in a film with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. The original 1976 film was, A Star is Born starring Barbara Streisand. Marlon also won album of the year at our NZ music awards for 2018. He also performed recently in the mosque tribute concert and sang " And I Love You So" in Maori. very brave and very well done. Several of our Christchurch Pop Choir are heading off overseas to perform next year at Carnegie Hall. The Folk Club is still going great guns on Sundays at the Irish Society Club hall, 29 Domain terrace. Marguerite and Barrie Clubb are still going strong with recording musical performances at their fantastic earthy Greendale ex church venue. Bruce Lemming has recently be made a life member of the musos club. Another new recruit is Brian Clarke of the Meanies Band. Christchurchs Mr Music, Charlie Jemmett is now in full swing at the New Brighton Market on Saturdays and the Riccarton Market on Sunday. Charlie loves a good chat, so stop by. The concert by the Swan Sisters (Amiria Grenell and Amy Grace) for our musicians club KLM series was a great sucess and showed those who attended that our local musicians can hold there own with any in the country. Now a wee reflection, some blues. Sadly in the last few years we have lost many first class local muso's to the great gig in the sky. We remember Stu Buchanan, Doug Petrie, Brian Ringrose, Mita Edwards, Peter Hanson, Trevor Latham, Jim Phillips, Dean Luke and Phil Garland. A big music supporter was Hans Schuitman who started the Flaxwood Festivals which also became a wee tribute to another local legend, Murry Wood. Our events hostess Pat had her car broken into and the clubs laptop with heaps of club info was taken. Maybe whoever did the dirty deed will want to join up. Ralph and Jan, part of the committee, are taking over running the membership side of the club which is now free to join.